Legal Definition of deponent
- One who gives sworn testimony, especially in writing.
- A person who gives a deposition.
Definition of deponent
From Latin dēpōnēns ("laying aside"), the present active participle of dēpōnō ("lay aside"), from de- + pōnō ("put, place").
deponent (not comparable)
- (of a Latin verb) Having passive form (that is, conjugating like the passive voice), but an active meaning. (Such verbs, originally reflexive, are considered to have laid aside their passive meanings.) Examples include sequor and loquor (confer the category of Latin deponent verbs)
deponent (plural deponents)
- (law) A witness; especially one who gives information under oath, in a deposition concerning facts known to him or her.
- A deponent verb.
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